Meet CAP Member Bessy Espina


Bessy moved to Canada in May 2012 from Davao City, Philippines. She received her citizenship in October 2016 in Mississauga. She currently lives in Toronto, and has a BSc in Biology from the University of Philippines, and is a full-time Health Studies undergraduate student at York University.  When she first arrived in Canada her aunt handed her, her first $20 bill. She says “I spent half of it on a day-pass, hopping on random busses and streetcars exploring  and getting lost in the city”. Bessy loves music – she is a regular at jazz and karaoke bars, and enjoys jamming out with her bandmates. She also enjoys watching the opera, orchestra, and musicals. Her favourite CAP attractions are the Royal Ontario Museum and the Aga Khan Museum. Bessy plans to continue travelling in Canada – her next adventure will be a trip to explore Newfoundland and Labrador. Follow Bessy’s adventures and explorations across the country on Instagram or Twitter.

View the April CAP Members’ Newsletter, where Bessy’s profile originally appeared

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